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Home composting

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. Almost 30% of your uncooked vegetable waste and garden waste can be composted.

Composting is easy and there are plenty of benefits:

  • improved balance and structure of your garden's soil
  • savings, by reducing reliance on peat-based composts and man made fertilizers
  • save space in your waste bin by reducing kitchen waste
  • helping prevent needless amounts of your waste going to increasingly expensive landfill sites which produce greenhouse gases
  • help prevent soil erosion and recycle nutrients back into your soil
  • helps your garden grow
  • over time it will breakdown into a healthy soil improver for your plants and shrubs

What can be put in your compost bin

  • crushed egg shells and egg boxes
  • cardboard such as corrugated cardboard packaging, cereal boxes, toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • scrunched up newspaper and shredded paper
  • hedge trimmings, dry leaves and twigs
  • garden prunings
  • sawdust and wood shavings
  • straw and hay
  • ashes from wood, paper or lumpwood charcoal
  • tea bags and leaves
  • coffee grounds and filter papers
  • flowers, plants and weeds
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • grass cuttings
  • pond algae and seaweed

What shouldn't be put in your compost bin

  • meat
  • dairy
  • cooked foods

Please put these items in your green household waste bin.

Compost bins

We have teamed up with to provide you with a range of home compost bins and other green products.

There are two different size compost bins available (220 litres and 330 litres) as well as other related products and accessories.

The compost bins are made from recycled plastic and come with a 10 year guarantee.

If you would like to buy a compost bin, or would like more information about home composting, visit the Get Composting (opens new window) website.